The Australian man who claims to be the son of King Charles III and Camilla has opened up about his plans to meet with Harry, the Duke of Sussex.
Simon Dorante-Day has made headlines across the globe with his claims, which he says are the result of decades of research (see box at bottom of the page).
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Now he is speaking out about his desire to build a relationship with Harry and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who Dorante-Day believes are being treated “very badly” by the royal family.
“I think Harry and I have an awful lot in common, very much so,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.
“Of all the royals, Harry and I would see eye-to-eye the most and I would very much welcome the opportunity to meet with him.
“Obviously nothing public or high-profile, and not just he and I as well. I believe my wife, Elvianna, and Meghan would also have a lot in common also.
“The chance for all of us to talk one-on-one would be very … enlightening.”
The Queensland father-of-nine says that the fact that he and Harry are both experiencing hard times with the royal family would “give them a lot to talk about”.
“We are both the black sheep of the royal family, I would say we have that bond,” Dorante-Day said.
“And I believe Harry would be receptive to my plight. He got f***ed over by his dad, he has a bone to pick with Charles. Just like I do.”
Dorante-Day said the treatment of Harry and Meghan from some members of the public and palace officials had “disgusted” him.
“The first thing I’d do if I met them is I’d give them a big hug – I think they need one to be honest,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.
“A lot of the criticism they are copping is blatantly unfair. It made me so angry when Harry was told he couldn’t wear military uniform to his grandmother’s funeral.
“That would annoy me, would annoy anyone. Harry can’t wear a uniform, even though he fought on frontline – but William can wear his, and he didn’t go into combat. The unfairness just really gets to me.
“Seeing the treatment of him, just my general opinion with complete neutrality, is disgusting. William and Kate can do no wrong, but Harry and Meghan apparently do everything wrong. They can’t buy a break.”
Dorante-Day said he is also frustrated when people discuss Harry’s body language at public events.
“It’s sadly pathetic. Makes me angry from a general perspective – let alone that he could be my half brother,” he said.
“When people say he looked very nervous and jumpy, I understand where Harry is coming from with that. I can tell that he’s worried about someone attacking Meghan and saying something that will force her to react.
“My wife is the same, so I can relate. My advice for Harry is to let her go, to let Meghan say what she wants to say.
“People have been racist and insensitive to Meghan, she should give it back to critics without people looking down on her.
“He has a black wife. They say there isn’t a race issue, but there is. People are so ignorant.”
Dorante-Day’s comments about forging a friendship with Harry and Meghan come just hours after the world farewelled Queen Elizabeth II.
The 56-year-old said he and his wife did not watch the ceremony, but admits he has seen a few key moments on social media.
“I’ve seen bits in the feed – but honestly, I just went to bed,” he said.
“Since she died we’ve really gone through a rollercoaster of emotions . One minute we are laughing, then we are angry, then we are emotional.
“The most touching thing from the funeral was I woke up from a message from a school buddy who I knew in England.
“He texted and said that he watched the funeral today, and ‘I can only imagine how you feel.’ That was really touching.”
Dorante-Day said that he is still coming to terms with the passing of the Queen.
“If they had said come over for funeral, we would’ve said no because it’s her day,” he said.
“It makes me sad that she’s gone. The whole weekend was just a tidal wave. So tired, too emotional, too painful on too many levels.
“You want to be there in England on one hand, but you don’t on the other.
“It really makes me wonder what Harry is going through and how the funeral is affecting him.
“There’s a lot to contend with when your relationship with your family is at a low, to go through something like this.
“My heart goes out to him.”
Simon Dorante-Day has provided these claims to support his belief that he is Charles and Camilla’s son.
- Dorante-Day was born on April 5, 1966, in Gosport, Portsmouth, in the UK.
- At the age of eight months, he was adopted by a local couple named Karen and David Day. His adoptive grandparents, Winifred and Ernest Bowlden, had both worked for the Queen and Prince Philip in one of their royal households. Ernest Bowlden also received an Imperial Service Award.
- Dorante-Day’s grandmother told him many times that he was Camilla and Charles’ child. “She didn’t just hint at it, she told me outright,” he said.
- Dorante-Day’s research has shown him that Charles and Camilla first became close in 1965. He claims months later, in the lead-up to when he was born, Camilla disappeared from Britain’s social scene for at least nine months, while Charles was sent to Australia.
- A historian has claimed the hospital where Dorante-Day was born – as listed on his birth certificate – didn’t deliver a single baby during the decade he was born. It’s further believed that the names of the parents listed on his birth certificate were “fictitious”.
- Dorante-Day claims Camilla kept him until he was eight months old, using the royals and protection officers to help conceal him. He goes on to allege that when he was getting too old, it was arranged that one of the Queen’s former house staff – Dorante-Day’s adoptive grandmother – would have her daughter adopt him.
- Dorante-Day said he has recollections of being taken to houses around Portsmouth as a little boy. There he would spend time with the woman he believes was Camilla, while protection officers and his adoptive parents waited outside.
- Dorante-Day said his first and middle name – Simon Charles – were given to him by his biological parents. “My adoptive mother told me that it was a condition of the adoption that my name – Simon Charles – stay the same, my middle name stay the same,” he said. “Charles and Camilla had a close friend called Simon at the time.”